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Salesforce employees ask CEO to reconsider contract with border protection agency

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Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff at Salesforce Dreamfest 17. Employees at Salesforce sent a letter to Benioff asking him to reconsider the company's contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. SAN FRANCISCO – Employees at Salesforce signed a letter to their CEO Marc Benioff asking him to reconsider the company's contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the latest in a string of staff protests at major tech companies over government contracts. More than 650 employees signed the letter, according to Bloomberg and Buzzfeed, which obtained a copy. The letter says Salesforce employees are aware that certain company products and tools are being used by CBP, and they are particularly concerned about Salesforce's Service Cloud being used in border activities. "Given the inhumane separation of children from their parents currently taking place at the border, we believe that our core value of Equality is at stake and that Salesforce should re-examine our contractual relationship with CBP and speak out against its practices," the letter said.


Elon Musk's bad spell continues amid a spat with the National Transportation Safety Board

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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it's "unhappy" that Tesla made public information about a deadly crash involving a Model X vehicle. This file photo taken in 2017 shows billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder of the Tesla electric car company and the SpaceX aerospace exploration firm, speaking at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Australia. Tech billionaire Elon Musk's bad spell is continuing into a second month, amid a spat with a federal safety agency, an auto recall and production issues, an adverse court ruling, and a debt rating downgrade. Shares of the Musk-led electric car company Tesla (TSLA) were down 2.4% at $259.65 in Monday afternoon trading, recovering from a more than 6% drop earlier in the day amid National Transportation Safety Board displeasure with the firm's disclosure of preliminary details about a fatal Tesla crash. Christopher O'Neil, an NTSB spokesman over the weekend said the safety agency was unhappy with Tesla's announcement that its Autopilot partial self-driving system was engaged when one of its Model X electric crossover SUVs crashed on March 23 in Mountain View, Cal., killing the driver.


Waymo buying 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs for driverless ride-hailing service

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Google-owned Waymo announces a deal with Jaguar to buy 20,000 I-Pace Jaguars and turn them into a self-driving car fleet. NEW YORK -- Waymo, the company that grew of out of Google's self-driving car project, announced a deal to buy up to 20,000 electric cars over the next two years, a move that shows the scope of its ambition when it comes to driverless ride-hailing services. More: 401(k): What stocks, industries are vulnerable in a trade war? More: Heineken pulls'Lighter is Better' commercial after some call it'racist' The company said it planned to buy the electric version of a Jaguar SUV, the I-Pace, to create its fleet of cars. The vehicles would then be fitted with components to make them capable of piloting themselves without a driver.


Operator of self-driving Uber vehicle that killed pedestrian was felon

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Tempe police speak at a press conference to address the accident where a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian. In this file photo taken in 2016, pilot models of the Uber self-driving car are displayed at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. PHOENIX -- The operator behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber vehicle that hit and killed a 49-year-old woman Sunday night had served almost four years in an Arizona prison in the early 2000s on an attempted armed robbery conviction. A representative for Uber declined to comment on the conviction and the company's hiring policies, citing an active investigation. Elaine Herzberg was walking a bike across a street outside a crosswalk in Tempe, Ariz., at about 10 p.m. when she was hit, police said.


Here's how Elon Musk could get tens of billions from new Tesla compensation plan

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Elon Musk has spent $72 million on homes in California. His most recent mansion was more than $24 million.



Toyota, Panasonic strike battery deal in threat to Tesla

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Japanese car maker Toyota unveils a new humanoid robot that mirrors the movements of its remote operator, as Stuart McDill reports.


Mark Zuckerberg praises universal basic income on Alaska trip

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At Harvard 2017 commencement speech, Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to "explore ideas like universal basic income." Mark Zuckerberg is talking up universal basic income -- the guaranteed distribution of cash stipends to cover basic expenses -- as a possible new safety net as technology automates more jobs, putting more people out of work. SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg is talking up universal basic income -- the guaranteed distribution of cash stipends to cover basic expenses -- as a possible new safety net as technology automates more jobs, putting more people out of work. In a Facebook post about a trip this week to Alaska with wife Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO praised the state's Permanent Fund, which pools the state's oil revenue and pays out cash dividends to eligible Alaskans. In 2016, that dividend was $1,022.


Apple just got deeper into AR with purchase of eye-tracking tech firm

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were released on Sept. 16, 2016. The iPhone 7 models featured new hardware updates and an updated 12 megapixel rear-facing camera. Notably, Apple removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the 7 and 7 Plus models. SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple wants to make AR a reality. Three weeks after it unveiled ARKit, a new augmented reality developer kit that would help Apple app developers integrate this technology that overlays digital images on the physical world, and Apple CEO Tim Cook singed its praises, the company has acquired SensoMotoric Instruments, a German developer of eye-tracking movement technology.


BMW, Intel add Delphi to self-driving car alliance

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The sensors on Delphi's latest self-driving test vehicles are closely integrated into the vehicle's body. German automaker BMW Group and U.S. tech giant Intel strengthened their self-driving car alliance with the addition of auto supplier Delphi, putting the companies a step closer to their goal of delivering an autonomous car by 2021. BMW and Intel said Tuesday that they had struck a deal to collaborate with Delphi on development and integration of self-driving car technology, with a particular emphasis "in the areas of perception, sensor fusion and high performance automated driving computing." Richard Rau, BMW's vice president of sensors, control units and software, also told reporters that the company is in "very deep discussions" to add other automakers to the alliance, possibly "within a few weeks." The alliance reflects a further escalation in the arms race among automakers, tech companies and suppliers to assemble partnerships to meet the intense technological, logistical and financial demands of autonomous vehicle development.